Adapting

Good morning, beautiful people!

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So, I’m here for a little bit of updates or maybe just to write.  It’s Saturday morning and a long weekend for myself. You know I’m a picture freak, so it’s also just a way to entertain your eyes as well.  This post has many reasonings!  Gosh, I love it when that happens.

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I mostly came to talk about a different topic.  Not so much about healthy food and exercising.  But adaptation into a new environment, mostly as a young working adult saving up to move out and follow her dreams.  I think many people can relate to the being and desires, but what happens when you throw yourself into a new place as well.

I told myself this would be good for me.  And everyone seem to think the same too.   While most of my friends went a way to school, traveled, and loved it.  I thought, now this is my time.  I’m a bit of a late bloomer, but when you don’t have a deadline, who’s counting anyways?

 

 

Here’s two big differences though.  1.  I’m not away at school with many other people in the same situation as myself.  2.  I’m very shy, introverted, and need a lot of time to start friendships.

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For myself, I have had the same friends since elementary and high school.  My college experience was more of a let’s-get-the-hell-out part of my life, but I was fortunate enough to start and maintain amazing bonds with some of the people I worked with.  Yet, I have noticed many of the people I work with now are in many different situations, ranging from marriage to school.  How do you bond as the oldest, single, new girl?  I was upset for a while, that I left the family and friends I was closest too.  But, here is what I realized with the help of my family, friends, and words… Compassion and Connection.

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That’s all it’s about.  Find compassion for who the people are and what they do.  It’s something I well forgot about it, which is kind of sad since that is literally engraved on my body.  I am coming to really appreciate who people really are.  They might have different lives, different ways of living, and different backgrounds, but you know what?  We laugh and have fun all the same.

 

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I’m in love with the different culture that surrounds with me.  It’s funny, because it’s kind of my own.  I am a hispanic woman with strong family values, and when we get together it’s a loud fun affair.  Being at work, sometimes feels like home.  That was the connection I failed to see, or rather took time.  Even if we all have our own lives, we take the time we have together and make it worth it.  Hardworking, helpful, and with a joke here and there.  It may not be friendships, but a yogi (yes, I still consider myself one) always sees how we are all connected, even if we need reminding.

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I may or may not make lasting friendships and it may take time for me to get used the environment and community here, but it’s only been one month!  I haven’t even bee able to do half the things I love!!! Beach and yoga, duh.  I’ve noticed keeping your mind focused on the things you love and open to the possibilities around you, leaves you feeling ok with the situation you are in now.  Take longs drives to your favorite places.  I took a longer drive to a different mall yesterday, which was just like the Jersey malls I grew up around and in, and even more beautiful!  I got to take time and walk around and converse with people in my favorite grocery store.  When away you appreciate and connections you may make.  From talking about being from the same area, to small talk about amazing cookies and good hair.  Seriously, it makes my day.

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So there is my ramble, my weakness and strengths combined in one.  What was your new experience??? How did you find it easier to adapt and connect with others? Did you put yourself out there right away? I’m more of a, let’s just see what evolves, kind of person, but given circumstances, maybe I can try and break out of my shell to see something new.

Till next time!

 

yesenia

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The Skinny on Keeping Healthy on a (very) Low Budget

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Straight to the point, no?

I decided to this post, because quite frankly, I’m living it.  Moving takes a tole on everything front the mental and physical aspects, to of course the material financial parts.  It’s a crazy adjustment for myself to get used to, and I think there are plenty of people who are trying to get both themselves and finances put together.

Everyone I believe chooses the lifestyle they live.

That is were this post comes in.  Whether you are new to this healthy living movement, trying to lose weight, or want to feel better about your footsteps among this earth, this post is for you.  Healthy-living gets a bad rap for being too expensive, which I find is one of the top reasons which turn people off.  Well, I’m here to tell you it can be, but I start with this first piece of advice on staying healthy,

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1.  Where are your priorities?  As someone who openly speaks about health and nutrition, I get a lot of people who come to me and say, “Wow, I want to be/eat healthy, but I love cake.” or “I would love to be healthy, but all these healthy things are too expensive.”  Well, my response to both types of remarks is usually “If you want it, you can make it work.”  What is important to you?  Is it your own health?  The health of your family?  I find that people who only want to lose weight tend to lose track a bit more often.  Start with why?  And keep on asking.

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2.  Whole foods become every week staples.  It’s all about the basics.

  •  Whole grains for fiber which keeps your digestion happy and yourself full long.  Brown rice, quinoa, organic pasta, and sprouted whole wheat bread are some of my favorites.
  • Fruits such as bananas, apples, oranges, tomatoes, and avocados, give you an array of vitamins, fiber, and energy to keep you healthy and GLOWING.
  • Greens are a great source of calcium and vitamins D, C, A… etc. to add to your diet.  Kale, chard, romaine, spinach (great source of iron), and broccoli are great to rotate into your meals.  Color vegetables such as carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes are amazing for your health and skin as well.
  • Proteins.  I swear by eggs, yogurt, nut butters, and beans as an everyday staple.  With healthy fats, bacteria, and protein, you can not go wrong with these vegetarian staples.  They are cheap and affordable, even the pastured raised organic versions!
  • Limit red meat and cheese.  I try to buy one kind of cheese a week.  It may be cheddar slices for a sandwich or crumbled cheese for salads or fancy egg breakfasts.  Red meat can get expensive.  I ask that when you do buy meat, please, please, make it grass fed and organic.  Not only is it more nutritious, but you learn to really appreciate the life on your table and therefore don’t abuse the power of energy, the life of the animal GAVE to you.  Yes.  I went there.  The occasional wild caught salmon is a big thumbs up as well.

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3.  Buy a whole chicken!  Not only are you saving money buy avoiding the precut, skinned parts of the animal, but you are gaining a whole lot of nutrition.  I love it when you can just roast a chicken and can become a meal for a family, or made for different days of the week.  My family may have had some for dinner, and then they would take a part the rest for toppings on salad or a chicken salad.  It’s a rewarding and cheap way to bring a more sustainable way of everyday meat into your diet.

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4.  Treat yourself to a different superfood every week.  Almost how we like to have the Friday night drink or buy ourselves a new pair of well deserved heels, treat your body to something amazing as well!  Cupboard basics such as coconut oil(antibacterial), apple cider vinegar(alkalizer), flax and chia seeds(omega 3 and fiber), etc… are items that last and definitely have amazing nutritional benefits!  You don’t have to spend a fortunate your first grocery trip!  Little by little your kitchen will be filled with healthy delicious items and condiments.  Splurge on an organic green juice or a a couple kombuchas (probiotics), which by the way, can sometimes cost less than two Starbucks lattes… ouch!

5.  Keep active.  Whether you have an active job or an active exercise routine, that’s all you need.  To be honest, I’m not a very athletic person.  But my job is on my feet, running around sometimes to get stuff done.  I don’t like to be sitting down bored pretending to work.  If you do have a job where you sit, make sure to do a run before work or a walk in the evening.  I know for most the weather is COLD now.  Best thing to do?  Stretches and movement in the morning are your best bet if you don’t go out for exercise.  Seriously, the skinny is you don’t have to spend crazy money with excise.  Abs are made 70% in the kitchen, 30% in the gym ;)

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For me, I live a healthy lifestyle for how it makes me feel good inside and out.  When I feel good about myself, I can do my best and be a better person.  I want to smile at people.  I want to try and make other’s feel good and smile too.  I want to show people you don’t have to be a skinny rich model to feel and look amazing.

We are all people with different means and beliefs, and if you read this, than I assume you might have some sort of belief in healthy living.  These are just a few of my tips on staying healthy and fit.  What are yours?  You don’t have to start doing all of these, but maybe may try something new.  Share or think it through!  How can you make a healthy lifestyle with what you already have?

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PS.  Keep it organic if possible.  No greed or gluttony.  Always choose avocados.  Pure enjoyment always.

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Tampa Bae

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Cheesy title?  Clever title?  Well, I thoroughly enjoy it.  I’m a sucker for silly “pun intended” use of words.  Ya’ dig?

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IMG_7520January 6, 2015. New Jersey.

Anywayssss, so I don’t know if I ever posted on my blog, but I am a born and bred Jersey girl.  I have dealt with beautiful, hot, and humid summers, that come with a side of Jersey Shore dirty water and boardwalks.  And more recently, very cold, snowy winters, which I think now appealed to my younger years of snow days.   I hadn’t realize till now, what a love-hate relationship I had with New Jersey.  If my title hadn’t gave it away, I now reside in the Sunshine State, Florida. More specifically, the ever so growing and moving, suburban-city of Tampa.

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IMG_7559January 9, 2015. Tampa, Florida.

So how does it feel?

Honestly? Bittersweet.

I always said I would be happier in warmer weather.  To be able to hang out outside, not have to worry about layers of clothing, boots, and snow to shovel (even though I never shovel).  I’m a sucker for local produce, raw fruits and veggies, and minimal clothing as possible.  I like to spend money on $5 dollar tshirts, more than $40 dollar sweaters.  Can we talk about the local Florida avocados?

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 I’ve been exploring the area a bit more.  Thankful to have a super helpful uncle to inform and show us around.  I like to take frequent trips to different grocery stores.  I have a Whole Foods Market, Walmart, Publix, and local health food store one minute from each other.  Literally.  It’s a pretty busy and crowded area, with every store and chain imaginable around the corner on a main highway.  I wouldn’t say I love it, but I don’t hate it.  It’s convenient and a nice excuse to take an easy ride.

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So with beautiful weather, local produce, and city vibe, what may be the downfall? Well, the people that aren’t here with me.  I swore I needed the change, I needed something to shake me.  And boy, did Florida shake the fuck out of me.   I believe the stars had forewarned me, as the universe created it.  I never once been away from home for more than a week.  And usually while I was gone, I was surround by family or friends.  I’ve always been a more shy and reserved person when in a new environment.  It’s not till I become comfortable are you privilege to see my crazy, loud, smart-mouthing side ;)

I now wish I can  enjoy this weather and change with everyone I care about.  On one hand, who I know I can count on is here with me. We help each other and can count on each other for a lot, and I really value that right now.  But, girlfriend time over coffee and wine will be limited.  Family birthdays and special events won’t be as easy.  Phone calls, must replace the human interaction I find incredibly special and important.  Touch and sight.  Is this what you call homesick?

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I tell myself this is the perfect opportunity to do things I always found harder to do while in Jersey.  With less people around I can focus most of my time with work and activities.  Full-time work and this thing called healthy living as my side hustle.  I can blog now all day and talk about my new experiences and informations with y’all.  I’m excited for what’s to come with this.

You know that quote, “money can’t buy happiness,”?  I’ve never believed so much in the money, even though now, I am trying to do this crazy hard thing called saving.  #adultthangs.  Right now, I’m banking on the Vitamin D to bring me some happiness.  C’mon sun! Warm my soul and give me a tan already!

Will you stick around and see what’s good with Tampa Bay?  Family and friends, if you can’t be here with me, then read along with me.  I always said I wanted to travel and explore something new.  Well I got what I ask for, and hopefully this is just my first stop.

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So here is to change, Florida avocados, humidity, positive vibes, and day dreams.

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Namaste,

yesenia

Heart out. Power within. {Uncensored. Unedited}

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You know those moments or times when you can’t catch a break?

Something great might come up, new opportunities and possibilities, new friends and loves that come through.  It’s uplifting.  Motivating and inspiring for many.  You yourself become inspired by your own actions and story.

Then all of a sudden, or slowly and steady, things change.  Maybe, you find that amazing job not to be what you expected.  You feel let down by possibilities that you know are gone.  Life becomes not only hard, but confusing once more.  Why?

I figured out a couple of reasons:

1.  What’s meant to be, will be.  The universe is good and frustrating like that.  Life happens. Shit happens.  And it’s always for a reason.

2.  You learn to love no matter what.

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That one is my personal struggle.  We become sad.  We feel a sense of hopelessness and loneliness.  Does anyone really get it?  How much we believe in ourselves and others? Only to be let down?  How is that fair?!  Just like that we become angry and spiteful.  I don’t know about you, but I literally start to say, “Fuck You! I will become amazing!  Beautiful and successful! And I won’t need you, or this job, or this money to make it happen!”

Then, I remember my past.  Then, I remember yoga.  Then, I repeat my beliefs.

My past reminds me being that bitch didn’t help to become happier or successful.  Shutting myself out from the world didn’t make me a better person.  What happened, happened for a reason, and for that I am grateful.  But, I know that’s where I should leave it.

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My yoga practice has been my rock.  It teaches me to breath.  That’s number one.  It gives me something other than money, family, men, and other nonsense to focus on.  Yoga reminds me of my beliefs.

My beliefs to find the good in others, including the hardest person, myself.  This world is amazing.  I am amazing.  Dreams do come true.  Love comes for an hour or a lifetime.  I am never alone because there is someone who loves me,..  parents, siblings, dog, a child.  We are human with basic needs.  And we all strive for the same thing, happiness.  The connection that brings us all together.  Which is once again yoga, the union. Which is the universe, and it has a plan for us.

I’m learning as best I can (I want to say fast and gracefully, but that would be a lie) that it will come back together.  Life goes on.  And how amazing to say that I am 25 years old, and as long as I don’t die tomorrow, I have my whole life to do what I love, be with who I love, and change the world, or just one life.

How will that happen?  I hate saying it.  It’s much easier for me to type that actually do, because it’s ACTION.  It’s the hunger and hustle.  What I needed and got over and over was tough love.  I hated it, and sometimes I still do.  But, now I am oh so grateful for it.  I made several changes over the last couple months, and did somethings that I know would have never crossed my mind only three months back.

One of them was give up my practice.  And, I think that’s the tough love I need back in my life.  Because I know now, it will speak to me differently, or at least I hope.  I want that discipline back.  The one that would make time for something that was good for me.  I want to kick my own ass in a new way now.  Not with deprivation, but with nourishment.  I didn’t take this break as a failure, but a reminder.  I am allowed to love how I want to love.  I love my practice with ease and perseverance.  Even though, I wasn’t able to do it by myself, I will gladly take the guidance from those who are there to teach.

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So let’s just remember.  To each there own, but I do hope yours is filled with the love and faith everyone deserves to have.

Like a warrior.  Heart out, power within.

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Step 1: Set Your Intention

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So, did you think I would forget?  It’s the beginning of October and Fall is still fresh.  A new season can sometimes signify almost a new year for some.  For me, I see a new year of schedules, planning, and time to really start over.

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I always see Fall as a way to remember why I started.  Yes, it is not like spring where plants come alive, and creatures and being alike come out to play.  Fall, as I said before, is the best time to rid and create space.  The perfect time to really just dig deep and rid that bullshit.  Whether it’s toxic chemicals to toxic emotions, we want to start a transitioning season in the best possible way.

When we hear of cleansing or detoxing, it’s safe to say most of us think about 2 things first: food and weight.  I would like to help transition that, because not for nothing, those are two things that most of think about everyday.  I want to think of a clean slate, a new beginning, and not only a healthy beautiful body, but a healthy mind and beautiful soul.  To be quite honest, you can’t obtain such health and beauty with your body, if the inside is still needs a little more love and help.  This is why the first step to any cleanse is your intention.

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When first starting anything, whether a new routine, job, or practice, we usually start off with why.  Why are we starting yoga?  Why did we start a new job or career?  Why did we decide to eat healthier?  Why did we decide to leave a toxic relationship?  Our why’s may all be different, but there are things that we will all have in common.  We are ready for a change and we are ready for our transition.  Once you decide it, you are ready.  It takes a lot of cojones to even tell your mind such things.  We decide to leave the comfort of what has been and really dive into uncharted territory.  Who are we to decide we want to change such a big part of our lives?

IMG_6301I know for me.  This takes a lot.  To say I tend to be a bit scattered and doubtful, can sometimes be an understatement.  Recently deciding to leave a job I had secured for half of my working life, for another unsure part-time job, wasn’t easy.  And to be quite honest, still isn’t.  But, I decided regardless of the fact that it wasn’t the “ideal” job for a girl my age and circumstance, it was a change.  Once thing I desperately needed.  To get out of my comfort zone, to get out of my bubble, and try something new.  I guess you can say that intention was for a change of atmosphere.

So, now I talk to you about your intention for your detox or cleanse.  If you are interested, what are you trying to get out of it? When things get hard, what do you want to feel?  Maybe it can be you want more energy or shed a couple of fast pounds.  Would you consider a new lifestyle?  A new way to approach a different, healthier way of living?  Strength? This could really be your intention for the season.

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For myself, I want to feel light again.  Not so much physically, but more mentally and emotionally.  When things get rough, make it light.  When something might seem hard and you struggle, take it lightly.  Sometimes my emotions and mentality get a hold of me.  I want to learn and be reminded to say it with a whisper, and to listen to what might be too soft to hear.  When a posture gets tough, take it lightly.  If and when I do my cleanse, I want to rid those toxins within that essentially may way me down, that have my energy moving to others places that don’t benefit me or my surroundings.  It always comes from within.

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Of course, this is something you may do every week, but I bring it up now as a commitment.  I believe now is the perfect time to dig deep.  Let the Fall colors warm you and it’s chill breeze awaken you!  

 

yesenia

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Please feel free to comment or share what might call to you.  Your intention for the season or week!! What will be your Monday Mantra???

 

 

Gracefully Falling into Autumn

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Was that too much for a title?  I wanted to make it clever and cute, and semi related to the topic at hand.  Eh, I tried.

So, are you guys gearing up the Fall season?  Anyone already been ready?  I’m trying.  More mentally than physically.  The thought of cold weather makes me a bit uneasy, but thankfully there are the positive people who remind me about the better things, or to just get over it.  Sweaters? Boots? Pumpkin? Apples?  Plum lipstick?  Something has to make you excited, right?

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I’m a sucker for the little things.  Yes, warm weather all year round can seem like a lot to ask for, but it’s really just for the simpleness of shorts and a t-shirt, and fresh fruit that I would like.  So, for now, I will focus on the easy small ways.  How we can all gracefully enjoy getting into this season of transformation?

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Food!!! Focus on farmers markets for as long as you can.  Nothing makes me happier than knowing that I can still shop for local and delicious fruits and veggies.  It’s nice to see the change in colors in the atmosphere just from the food.  With fall squash, pumpkin, apples, pears, brussel sprouts, and cranberries, there are so many ways to enjoy the season just with food.  In the summer I must admit I take a break from cooking.  My go to of rice and beans with vegetables or salad, soon transforms to roasted root vegetable and curry.  Simple cozy recipes such Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal and Lentils with Butternut Squash, will make you a little more grateful for the color temperatures.

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Clean out those closets and cabinets.  There is nothing better than the feeling of a fresh start!  Fall is all about transformation.  Leaves turn colors and disappear, leaving space for growth once spring arrives.  Same with your body and surroundings in the home.  Go through your kitchen cabinets.  Take out expired cans and bottles, clean it up, make room for what you can use.  Even your bedroom closet.  I bet there are outfits you haven’t worn in a year?  Give it away.  With a big garbage bag, you will be surprise how fast it will fill up.  Whether the reason being it doesn’t fit you right or you changed your style up (I’m guilty of going through style changes frequently).  Maybe you can make room for cozy sweaters for the season.

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Clean up your diet.  I’m going to throw out the word.  Detox.  Yes.  It’s about that time again.  Do you dread it?  Love it?  Mine is a little both.  I love it because I know it’s going to help me start this season with the healthy boost we all need.  Let’s face it.  Fall and Winter? I hope I’m not the only one who will be indulging in hearty stews and curries, apple pie, pumpkin pie, or hot coffee and teas.  Why not prepare your body?  With a week of clean eating, juices, and exercise, you will only have a positive attitude of the new season ahead.  I’m looking forward for my body to feel light and full of energy to fight those colder dark early morning blues!

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Have fun with it!  Do what makes you happy! Experiment!  As I transition into Fall, oatmeal becomes a pretty important part into my diet.  The warmth and moisture it contains is perfect balance of the cold and dry weather upon us.  With some different variations and experimentation, I can enjoy feeling a little more healthier without getting boring.  You can discover what you love and don’t like so much.  For example, I learned I do not like dried apricots in my oatmeal, but love alone or in my desserts.  Who knew!  Little discoveries in a big bowl of oatmeal…

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Hope this helps!  Any questions on food, detoxes, and self-care, let me know!  I would also love to hear any advice you guys have on food, health, and fashion for Fall season!! Updates soon on the new events and changes for the next couple of months for sure!

P.S. Fall is great way to transition our self-care products and routines as well.  Check it out! I change my exfoliating body brush, switch from coconut oil everything to sesame or almond oil, and make time for more moisturizing face masks and body/scalp oil massages at night.  TLC people.  TLC.

Black Bean Quinoa Salad

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Well, this is a spontaneous kind of post.  I live a spontaneous crazy life.  It’s almost 9pm.  Just got home from work and decided to down a cup a coffee.  Watch out.  I’m ready.

I made this salad in hopes to 1) use up some veggies 2) save money 3) to be healthy 4) to not be hungry.  These are all great efforts, right?  But, what makes it even better?  The fact that it was delicious!!!  I was not expecting that!  I know, so sad.  Sometimes, fast healthy food, doesn’t always work out to my advantage.  I’m human.

After a productive morning, I decided to keep it up by making myself lunch to bring to work.  With already cooked quinoa, farmer market vegetables screaming to be used, and canned beans, the only effort needed was to get out the cutting board.  Seriously, that could be the hardest part sometimes (most of the time.)

A lot of this is estimated, because like I said, I wasn’t expecting to post this!  So it’s a good sign that it is an easy and accessible recipe!  Definitely experiment with different veggies, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, or even different vinaigrettes. Use your imagination!  And let me know about the deliciousness you create ;)

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Black Bean Quinoa Salad

  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 cobs corn, scraped from husk
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • small bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • drizzle extra virgin olive oil
  • salt to taste

Combine all in a bowl and mix!!!!

P.S. Limited pictures due to spontaneity!